A man from south Nashville, Tennessee, says that his homeowners association is ordering him to remove a statue of a zombie from his front yard. Jim Grinstead has lived in his home near Percy Priest Lake for nearly 10 years and says the zombie he and his wife call “Clawed” has been in his yard for five of those years.
He was surprised when he recently received a letter from the homeowners association ordering him to get rid of the statue.
The first sentence of the letter says: “During a recent inspection of the community on April 19, 2016, it was noted that there is a zombie in your yard that needs to be removed.”
Grinstead says his family has a specific sense of humour that makes Clawed a perfect fit for their home. "I don't own guns, but I have a zombie, so it's my personal choice of defence system." Grinstead joked.
The letter caught Grinstead off-guard because no neighbours had ever complained about Clawed, and Grinstead believes this is a homeowners association going overboard.
"I don't have the freedom to pick what I want in my yard because somebody wants to read the rules so strictly that it can't allow for individuality? That's a shame." Grinstead said.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Clawed remained in the front yard, but Grinstead knows he'll have to claw his way somewhere else.
"To know that he's gonna have to go is like losing a family member, you know? It's disturbing." Grinstead said, adding that he had decided to move Clawed by the end of the week to avoid retribution from the homeowners association.